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Wednesday, March 07, 2018 4:20 pm

3 years for Fort Wayne man

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A man accused of dragging the mother of his child by her hair, firing shots into her home and then barricading himself inside the apartment in November was ordered to spend three years in prison Wednesday.

Fort Wayne police spent hours trying to get Darrion L. Bright, 20, out of the home at Baldwin Creek Apartments, at one point using flash bang devices and tear gas. Officers were called to the building around 11:40 p.m. Nov. 1, after gunshots were heard and a woman carrying an infant left an apartment yelling, "Help me, help me! He's trying to kill me!" court documents say.

The woman told police Bright grabbed her by the hair and dragged her around the apartment. After being told to leave, Bright went to the door of the apartment and fired shots into the home, a probable cause affidavit says.

He pleaded guilty in February to carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction and domestic battery with bodily injury to a pregnant woman.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced Bright to five years on both counts, with four years suspended on each. She also ordered him to spend a year in prison for a probation violation, which means the executed portion of the sentence is three years.

A second domestic battery charge and two counts of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon were dismissed.

The victim told police she was pregnant with his child, and defense attorney Marcia Linsky said Bright wants to provide for his family.

"This is the longest he has been in any (correctional) facility and it has driven home the message that he needs to modify his behavior," she said.

As part of his sentence, Bright must attend counseling and undergo a mental health evaluation. He will serve four years on probation at the end of his prison sentence, according to a plea agreement filed in February.

Bright did not speak at the sentencing hearing Wednesday.